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Scandal in a small town : understanding modern Hungary through the stories of three families /
Marida Hollos.
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2001.
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xiii, 214 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0765607409 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2001.
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0765607409 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
4627926
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-05-01:
When Soviet hegemony in Eastern Europe dissolved, most Westerners hoped that Hungarians would quickly adopt Western liberal ideas. Hungarians themselves thought they would find a "third way" to participate in Western modernity. A decade after the "change," many are still puzzled by what is happening in Hungary. Hollos (anthropology, Brown Univ.) gives Western readers an intimate, microcosmic perspective via the history of the Hungarian village of Tiszadomb, situated on the banks of the Tisza River in the central Hungarian plain. Hollos interweaves into a lucidly presented economic and political history the stories of three families that represent the three major segments of Tiszadomb's peasant population: Protestant landowners who have farmed the more fertile fields for generations; Catholic hired workers and tenant farmers who find it difficult or impossible to buy and maintain land; and pioneer settlers on the less fertile fringes of the village. In each case, the author concentrates on the three most recent generations, examining their familial struggles as they experience the cataclysmic changes of the 20th century. Hollos reaches no clear conclusions, but the reader emerges wiser. This is an academic page turner for all levels and collections. S. S. Arpad emerita, California State University, Fresno
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Table of Contents
List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
Preface
Guide to Hungarian Names and Phonetics
Introduction
The Death of a Mayor
Unearned Honors at Tiszadomb High School
Studying Tiszadomb
Overview of the Community
The Bogl'ars: An 'Odomb Peasant Family
The "Blessed Village"
Beginnings: Turn of the Century
World War I: S'andor
Between the Wars: D'enes
World War II
End of the War: Tam'as
The "Peasant Queation"
'Odomb No More
The First Cooperatives
The Revolution of 1956
The Collectivization of Agriculture
Tam'as: A New Beginning
The New Economic Mechanism
New Age at Tiszadomb
Tam'as: The Making of an Entreprenuer
The Farag'os of Ujdomb
Origins
The Turn of the Century
Mih'aly: The First Bolshevik
Ujdomb Between the Wars
B'ela: Eking Out an Existence in the Interwar Years
World War II
Land Reform
The Proletarian Dictatorship
B'ela: Early Collectives
Ferenc: A Socialist Childhood
Couterrevolution
The New Wave of Collectivization
Ferenc: Out of Peasantry
The Golden Years
Pint'er Katalin: A Life Formed on the Farmlands
The "Borderlands" or "Farm World"
Family
Early Years
School Years
High School
Teachers' College
After College
University Student and High School Teacher
Economic and Political Developments in the Country
The Opposition
The Dawning of Political Conciousness
Conclusion: The Beginning and the End
"Unearned Honors" and the Press
The Court Hearing
Postscript: Waiting for Rebirth
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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